------ Val & Linda LITTMAN

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ImageVal Littman and Linda Korolewski :
After establishing successful careers in America’s corporate life and Chicago Real Estate and over twenty five years of marriage, Val and Linda decided to exchange their multiple graduate degrees, their professional licenses and certifications, their successful careers, and their Chicago urban lifestyle for life in the South of France.

Formed by their past religious life, ministry, teaching, social work and psychology, they bring to their new life and to this book a perceptive, prayerful, carefully considered and often comical view of la vie en France.

Born in 1948, they are among the Baby Boomer generation that has often pushed the cultural envelope, crossing over to living their lives in new ways.  Their early retirement at age 53 puts them at the edge of those many in that generation who will be living out their own dreams of a good life in “The Third Age”, and the growing trend of international living.

Their unique hospitality at Le petit jardin de l’âme is more than a B&B.  It is a visit to the south of France that will soothe your soul, refresh your spirit, and let you dream again. Visit their web site at  Better still; visit them in the south of France.


A Bright Sun & Long ShadowsImage

This book is a picture of life in France unlike the many we read during our years of preparation before we made the decision to retire to the Midi. The book, as originally envisioned would have chronicled our adjustments to French life. It would have reflected its charming curiosities with a little irony, and a lot of  “looking at the bright side of things”. It would have been like too many others. A BRIGHT SUN & LONG SHADOWS grew beyond the initial intent. It grew into a book that reflects how deeply the building of our new life has been affected by the dark side of French culture and the everyday ways of the people living around us.

As we tell our story, we hope, that indeed, you will see the charm of France, for France has much charm.  She is the original femme fatale.  In this book I hope to show what others often overlook.  The Shadow Side of life in France is less talked about, generally not printed, and yet affects every moment of life in France.

The book is currently available locally at The Book In Bar 8, rue Bras de Fer, 34000 Montpellier. Or from the publisher direct or even

Languedoc & Provence Sun N°52 (July-August-September 2014)

You may have noticed that this issue covers the months of July, August and September. After much debate, discussions and sleepless nights, we have decided that the best way forward for Languedoc & Provence SUN would be to become a quarterly publication. In practice, this means that the magazine will now be published four times a year instead of six, each issue covering 3 months.

The main objective of the magazine has always been to provide quality articles and content about our region and its many attributes. Going quarterly will give us more time to research potential articles, interview interesting people, meet new contributors and gather topical and useful information for you our readers.

This new version will have more pages than the previous one, allowing us to increase the content of each issue, giving you more reading material in one piece.

You may have become familiar with our regular contributors, who do a fantastic job. I take this opportunity to thank them warmly for their valuable input and great imagination, whatever the topic. If you have a little bit of spare time occasionally and share our love of writing, I’m always on the lookout for good quality articles about our area: it could just be your own story, or the portrait of someone you know, a beautiful place, an interesting festival. Whatever the idea, let
me know about it, our next contributor could be you!

If you have any comments or suggestions, you can always email me. In the meantime, I hope you keep on reading the magazine; the kind comments we receive always make all the hard work worthwhile. Have a nice holiday!


Carole Rommene, Editor


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